VIDEO: Another Bizarre Pelosi Comment on China

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( – Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, has made a new eyebrow-raising comment about China by calling the dictatorship run by the Chinese Communist Party “one of the freest” countries in the world.

You can watch the video further down this post.

Last week, Pelosi baffled international observers when during a press conference in Japan, she said she was told as a child that she could reach China by digging deep in the sand on the beach in the US, the old joke that parents tell their children, except it remained unclear if she was kidding.

Before that, Pelosi had infuriated China’s government by visiting Taiwan, the democratic, self-ruling, pro-American island Beijing claims as its own province.

The regime of Communist China was fuming that Pelosi’s visit was giving legitimacy to Taiwanese independence. It even used its propaganda mouthpieces such as The Global Times to threaten that the House Speaker’s plane would be shot down if she came near Taiwan, a threat that failed to materialize.

Speaking on NBC News’ Today show about a week after her Taiwan trip, Pelosi made her new comment that puzzled viewers and pundits alike.

“We still support the One China policy. We go there to acknowledge the status quo is what our policy is. There is nothing disruptive about that,” she argued.

“It was only about saying, ‘China is one of the freest societies in the world. Don’t take it from me, that’s from Freedom House. It has a strong democracy, courageous people, and I don’t know why it is… Except there’s some commercial interest that would like to diminish the relationship,” Pelosi elaborated.

Her description of China as one of the world’s “freest societies” may have been nothing short of an honest speech gaffe.

Shortly after her live interview for the NBC News program, her deputy chief of staff, Drew Hammill, clarified on Twitter that the House Speaker confused China and Taiwan.

“The Speaker is referencing Taiwan. The Speaker’s record of speaking out against the Chinese Communist Party for 35 years in the Congress is unsurpassed,” Hammill wrote.

Pelosi’s mistake may also have something to do with the fact that the island of Taiwan officially calls itself “the Republic of China” and claims to be the “real” historically legitimate government of all of China established after the end of the empire in 1911.

Mainland China calls itself “the People’s Republic of China” (PRC), and its government was set up after the Communists of Mao Zedong won the Chinese Civil War in 1949.

The ranking of Freedom House, the DC-based think tank, shows Taiwan as the 18th freest country in the world, while PRC is ranked 17th last on its list.

Here is the video: